Watch: trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first Netflix series ‘The Politician’

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Netflix has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first series for the streaming platform, “The Politician.”

The show follows Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) an ambitious high school student who plans to make his way up the political ladder to the White House. In the meantime, he hopes to win class president. He will stop at nothing to become president including getting rid of problematic running mates and scheming against his rivals.

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Maya Hawke reveals she suggested Robin should be a lesbian in ‘Stranger Things’

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ABOVE: Maya Hawke (Robin) and Joe Keery (Steve) in ‘Stranger Things.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Actress Maya Hawke revealed that her character Robin coming out as a lesbian wasn’t in the original script.

In “Stranger Things” third season, Steve admits that he has feelings for his Scoops Ahoy! co-worker, Robin. Instead of telling Steve she reciprocates his feelings, Robin comes out as a lesbian and shares that she once had a crush on his ex-girlfriend Nancy (Natalia Danielle Dyer).

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‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ reboot will include transgender storyline

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“Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling,” Netflix’s revival of the ’90s cartoon, will include a transgender character.

In the 45-minute special, Rocko and his friends Heffer and Philbert return to Earth 20 years after floating around in space. They land to find that the world around them has drastically changed with updated technology. The gang also discover that their friend Ralph, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, has become Rachel.

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Netflix cancels ‘The OA’

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ABOVE: “The OA” star Brit Marling, photo via “The OA” Facebook page.

Netflix has canceled its sci-fi series “The OA” after two seasons.

“The OA” stared Brit Marling as Prairie, a blind woman who returns home with her sight restored after being missing for seven years. Prairie now calls herself the OA (Original Angel) and assembles a team of teens to help her find other missing people in other dimensions.

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Bandwagon builds for LGBTQ diversity on children’s TV

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ABOVE: Hulu’s “The Bravest Knight” is the latest children’s program to feature same-sex parents. (Image from YouTube)

NEW YORK (AP) | Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children’s series “The Bravest Knight,” describes the show’s dad couple this way: “We’re not explaining homosexuality, or same-gender sexuality. We’re talking about the love of a family.”

His words and those of his fellow Hulu father, T.R. Knight, speak loudly about the state of LGBTQ representation in TV fare for kids, a segment of media that has been broadening story lines over the last several years to include a range of non-binary characters.

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Netflix threatens Straight Pride Parade organizers with legal action over logo

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Netflix has threatened Super Happy Fun America, the organizers of the Straight Pride Parade, with legal action for listing the streaming platform as a “prospective sponsor” of the event.

John Hugo, Mark Sahady and Samson Racioppi are working on having the Straight Pride Parade, an effort to “seek full straight equality,” in Boston on Aug. 31. The City of Boston has granted permission for the event, which will include vehicles and floats, to take place. Openly gay alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is on board as the parade’s grand marshal.

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‘Fuller House’ star Juan Pablo Di Pace comes out as gay

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“Fuller House” star Juan Pablo Di Pace has come out as gay.

Di Pace, who hails from Argentina and was raised Catholic, opened up about his sexuality during a Ted Talk at a TedX event. The talk, titled “The Story of Your Life,” was recorded in March and recently uploaded to YouTube.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ leaves legacy for women of color

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ABOVE: (L-R) Uzo Aduba, Samira Wiley, Danielle Brooks and Adrienne C. Moore in season two of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” (Image from Netflix)

NEW YORK (AP) | From corrupt, brutal overseers to the fraught world of inmate hierarchy to unlikely friendships and romances, “Orange is the New Black” told deeply rich and complex stories about life for women behind bars that resonated far beyond prison walls.

While it was originally centered around the privileged white character of Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), the supporting characters — some quirky, some volatile, some comic, some tragic — became the show’s breakout stars.

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‘One Day at a Time’ saved from cancellation

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“One Day at a Time” lives to see another day.

The reboot of the 1975 Norman Lear sitcom will return for season four on Pop TV, which is owned by CBS, Vulture reports. Netflix canceled the show back in March after three seasons. This is the first time a streaming series has moved to a cable network.

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Meryl Streep cast in Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Prom’

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Meryl Streep has been tapped to star in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical “The Prom” for Netflix.

Deadline reports that Streep will be joined by other big names such as Ariana Grande, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells.

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Watch: ‘Queer Eye’ fashion expert Tan France gives John Mulaney a makeover on new series

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ABOVE: Tan France and John Mulaney on ‘Dressing Funny.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Queer Eye” fashion expert Tan France is taking his talents to celebrities on Netflix’s new comedian makeover web series “Dressing Funny.”

In the first episode, France tackles stand up comedian John Mulaney. France decides he wants Mulaney to look “more f**kable” and to dress slightly more like Mulaney’s friend and fellow comedian Pete Davidson.

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Janet Mock lands historic multi-year Netflix deal

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ABOVE: Janet Mock (Photo by Juston Smith; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Author and activist Janet Mock has scored a three-year deal with Netflix making her the first transgender woman to have creative control at a major content company.

Netflix will have exclusive rights to Mock’s upcoming TV series and any feature film projects. Mock, who serves as director and writer on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose,” will also join Murphy’s “Hollywood” series as executive producer and writer. “Hollywood” is Murphy’s first project under his own major deal with Netflix.

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